Tractor trailer spills more than 200 gallons of unidentified chemical in Southington

Published on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:16
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON - About 220 gallons of an unidentified chemical spilled this morning from a tractor trailer in town.

According to Eric Heath, interim fire chief, the fire department was notified of the incident at about 7 a.m., and it is believed that the spill occurred closer to 5:30 a.m. 

Firefighters said a tractor trailer, carrying two chemicals, suffered a spill while driving on I-84, near Exit 32. It was later relocated to the Price Chopper parking lot on Queen Street, where the fire department, state police, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and a cleanup crew responded.

Firefighters Wednesday afternoon said they knew for sure one of the two chemicals being transported spilled, but they were still trying to determine if the other had as well. Firefighters said they knew the types of chemicals that were being transported, but that they could not release their names.

One of the containers could be seen on the truck, reading “corrosive liquid acid.”

No injuries were reported. According to the fire department, there was no hazard to the public. 

“No hazard to the community or the residents,” Heath said. “It’s isolated directly to that tractor trailer truck.”

A spokesman for DEEP on Wednesday could not provide any additional details. 

While some firefighters were busy with the cleanup, others were called to an active structure fire at about 9 a.m. This prompted firemen to call in for mutual aid from four area towns and a statewide task force, as they were stretched thin from the two calls.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:16. Updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2017 21:18.